A special thank you to the organizing committee that brought together both the Census report and the Forum luncheon to announce the results and celebrate women’s business achievements in Minnesota:

  • Linda Hall Keller, Ph.D., steering committee co-chair, The 2009 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership; Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, executive committee; and Women Corporate Directors, Minnesota chapter board
  • Paula Meyer, steering committee co-chair, The 2009 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership, and Women Corporate Directors, Minnesota chapter board
  • Mary Angela Baker, director of continuing education and the Leadership Institute, St. Catherine University
  • Susan Boren, partner, SpencerStuart
  • Lynn Casey, CEO, Padilla Speer Beardsley
  • Amy Gage, director of marketing and communications, St. Catherine University
  • Marjorie Mathison Hance, vice president for external relations, St. Catherine University
  • Beth LaBreche, CEO, LaBreche, and immediate past president, Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable
  • Kristine Wyant, director of corporate and foundation relations, St. Catherine University

Special thanks to the following St. Catherine University students and staff members: Diane E. Adler and Sandra L. Young, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) students; Val Krech, MAOL program coordinator; Maha El-Wailli, communications coordinator; and Christine DeRose, corporate and foundation relations intern.

St. Catherine University

A dynamic university educating students to lead and influence, St. Catherine prepares students to make a difference in their professions, their communities, and the world. At the University’s heart is the largest, most innovative college for women in the nation. St. Kate’s also offers a range of graduate and associate programs for women and men at its two campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable

Founded in 1979, the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable (MWER) is a forum for high-profile women leaders to become more knowledgeable about cutting-edge economic issues; to discuss the implications of the economy on professional and personal lives; and to contribute to the formation of economic policies. MWER is the Minnesota representative organization to ION (Inter Organization Network), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women on for-profit boards and in executive suites. Representing approximately 10,000 women, ION helps build awareness, opportunities and connections by creating a national voice for its 14 regional member organizations.


SpencerStuart is one of the world’s leading executive search consulting firms. Through 51 offices in 27 countries and a broad range of practice groups, SpencerStuart consultants focus on senior-level executive search, board director appointments, succession planning, and in-depth senior executive management assessments. Thanks to Susan Boren, the Twin Cities branch of SpencerStuart provided crucial support toward the academic research for The 2009 Minnesota Census.

Padilla Speer Beardsley

Padilla Speer Beardsley is a multi-specialty communications firm with headquarters in Minneapolis and an office in New York City. The firm’s services include marketing communications, corporate and investor relations, crisis management, media relations, graphic and interactive design, and communications research.


LaBreche is an independently owned brand communications company with brand development, public relations, and interactive.